Working in a morgue, medical examiner Kristin Alberghetti hardly expects a living, breathing man to walk through the door and make her heart pound. So she's floored when gorgeous playboy Malloy Cavanaugh is her partner on a new case. The cold-case detective has a rep for charming the clothes off every woman…except her. And it's tough to keep her eyes on the prize as the two investigate recently excavated, long-buried bodies at a cacti nursery. Malloy has no plans to change his bachelor lifestyle, until reclusive Kristin catches his eye. Something about this case—and his beautiful colleague—touches his heart. But can a flowering romance survive the rigors of a brutal case and its infinite dangers?